Park City Mountain Resort IS Home for the Holidays
Confession: I was moderately depressed last year when I was unable to spend Christmas with my family in Canada. I’ve always associated the holidays with snow and the Great White North has an overabundance of it.
And so my family of four opted to start a new tradition: We went skiing the day before Christmas. It was fantastic for a few reasons:
- Ski resorts are the very epitome of a winter wonderland.
- My children exerted all their pent-up "Santa's coming" energies on the slopes. They were passed out by 8:30 p.m.
- Santa visited the ski school and skied with the kids.
Note: My 5-year-old daughter made sure to give him a thorough interrogation that he, indeed, was just Santa's helper because surely the true St. Nick would not be slacking off on Christmas Eve.
This year, we will be in Park City during the holidays and my children are ecstatic about the line-up of magical, family events. Mama is ecstatic that they’re complimentary:
On December 18, Santa Claus kicks off Park City Mountain Resort’s holiday season by arriving on the Town Lift from the top of the mountain. Arrive around 5 p.m. to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, Christmas carols and a live holiday performance. At 6:15 p.m., Santa and his reindeer will fly their sled full of goodies onto the Town Lift Plaza.
On December 24, Santa Claus will slacking off all day on the mountain. When the sun sets, he will lead more than 100 ski and snowboard instructors down the PayDay run during Park City Mountain Resort’s 47th annual traditional torchlight parade. (The best parade views are from Resort Plaza where complimentary hot beverages and cookies will be served.)
On December 25, wrap up your holiday revelries in time for night skiing and riding. The Resort kicks off its night operations for the 2010-2011 Winter Season with expanded terrain (the Three Kings Mountainzone and the newly introduced Three Kings Terrain Park). Night skiing on the PayDay will have upgraded bulbs creating enhanced visibility across the run.
Night skiing and riding will be offered until 9 p.m. seven days a week until March 27, 2011.
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